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Classics BA - Ancient History Concentration

(HEGIS: 15.04 CLASSICS, CIP: 16.1200 Classics and Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, General)

Why study Classics BA - Ancient History Concentration at UB?

The field of classics consists of the study of the civilizations of ancient Greece and Rome, including their languages and literature, history and archaeology.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will have knowledge to:

  • Gain knowledge of the fundamental elements of Classics, through study of the languages, classes in Greek and Roman history, art and archaeology, and culture
  • Develop their ability to read and analyze texts closely, whether in translation or in the original language
  • Demonstrate their ability to write papers, drawing on research tools in the various subdisciplines — texts, documents, physical remains, scholarly articles and books, theoretical approaches and digital tools
  • Understand the legacy of the Greek and Roman world, its historical importance in our own culture
  • Be encouraged to supplement classroom learning with experience abroad, whether as part of an archaeological expedition or study abroad program

The Learning Environment

The Jewish Studies minor fosters a strong sense of community, in which students feel nurtured and supported. Faculty know students by name and are uniquely able to help them develop intellectually and to craft a program of study suited to their particular interests. The Department of Jewish Thought regularly hosts lectures, conferences and events, with twice-yearly departmental dinners and receptions. These offer unique opportunities to learn about specific aspects of Jewish studies, and, often, the chance to meet famous scholars in the field.

About Our Facilities

Many of our classes and event are held in the Samuel Friedman Library in 708 Clemens. This is the geographical heart of our department, featuring books related to all areas of the Jewish experience that foster the passion for inquiry that is central to the Jewish tradition. This provides an intimate setting for students to get to know each other and their professors. That distinguishes Jewish Studies courses from those in other departments.

About Our Faculty

Rated nineteenth in the country in a recent survey of classics departments, the UB Department of Classics faculty regularly devotes some or all of their time to undergraduate teaching. Among them is the holder of the Andrew V.V. Raymond Professorship in Classics and past winners of the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. Members of the faculty have also held the office of President in both the American Philological Association and the Archaeological Institute of America, the two primary professional organizations for classicists in North America. The department also serves as home to the journal Arethusa, an internationally recognized periodical devoted to the publication of scholarship in classical studies. Other editorial affiliations by members of the faculty have included positions with American Journal of Archaeology and Classical World. The department allows advanced graduate students to teach select classes.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Classics department website for additional information about our faculty.

Career Outlook

The scope of study that classics provides includes historical, political, sociological, literary, philosophical, archaeological, and artistic dimensions. Classics provides a broad foundation for future study and professional experience, and its graduates have learned to appreciate the past and its relationship to the present. This undergraduate degree area is an excellent basis for graduate work and careers in law, medicine, business, public relations/advertising, publishing, social work, communications and the arts.

Employers are seeking candidates with experience and those who have developed their skills from that experience. Internships, part-time, summer employment and/or further education can enhance a graduate's employability in their chosen career area.

What percentage of graduates goes on to graduate school? 50%

Academic Advising

Please contact the director of undergraduate studies for advisement.

Academic Advising Contact Information

Please contact David Teegarden at

Scholarships and Financial Support

The Classics department's James P. Neely Memorial Fund provides financial assistance for Classics related activities, such as traveling to Greece or Rome. All Classics majors are eligible to apply for this competitive scholarship.

Associated Programs

Published: Apr 12, 2019 12:35:27